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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Town of Yountville
Measure R - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


1,044 votes yes (79.03%)

277 votes no (20.97%)

100% of precincts reporting (4/4).

1,510 ballots counted.

Adjust appropriations limit
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In order to fully utilize TOT and sales tax generated from visitors for public services, parks & recreation, police and fire emergency programs, shall the appropriations limit set by Article 13B of the California Constitution be increased by $3,000,000 and increase annually by the growth in TOT each year for a four year period commencing fiscal year 2018/19? By approving this appropriation limit, no new taxes are created nor will any existing tax be increased.

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Yountville Town Attorney

Town of Yountville


Gann Limit Increase


BACKGROUND. In 1979, California voters adopted Proposition 4, the "Gann Limit Initiative," which added Article XIII B to the State Constitution and requires local governments, including the Town of Yountville, to adopt an annual appropriations limit (i.e., the amount of tax revenues the Town may spend in a fiscal year). In 1990, California voters adopted Proposition 111, which established the 1986-1987 fiscal year as the base year for the Town's appropriations limit adjusted annually for inflation by the cost of living and the change in population. The appropriations limit may be changed by the voters of the Town for a period of not more than four years. If the Town receives tax revenues in excess of its appropriations limit for two fiscal years, it must return those excess tax revenues by a revision of tax rates within the next two subsequent fiscal years.

MEASURE R. This measure was placed on the ballot by the Yountville Town Council and would authorize the Town to continue spending the proceeds of taxes that have already been approved. This measure does not approve or impose any new taxes or increase any existing taxes. This measure increases the Town's annual appropriations limit by $3,000,000, and increases the annual appropriations limit an additional amount equal to the annual growth in revenues from the transient occupancy tax, for each year of a four year period commencing in fiscal year 2018-2019. This measure requires a simple majority (50% + 1) voter approval to pass. If less than a majority of votes cast in the election are in favor, the measure will not pass and the Town's annual appropriations limit will be maintained subject to annual adjustments under state law.

A "yes" vote increases the Town's annual appropriations limit by $3,000,000 plus the annual growth in transient occupancy tax revenues, for each year of a four year period commencing in fiscal year 2018-2019.

A "no" vote rejects the proposed increase and maintains the Town's annual appropriations limit subject to annual adjustments under state law.

Gary B Bell,

Yountville Town Attorney

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Town of Yountville Argument in Favor of Measure R

The California Constitution requires that we ask voters for permission to spend tax revenues above a pre-determined limit, even when those tax revenues have previously been approved. In 2003 Yountville voters approved a transient occupancy tax (TOT) paid by visitors to the town’s hotellodging. TOT and sales tax revenue fund the Town’s general services including law enforcement,fire and emergency medical services, parks and recreation programming, streets, sidewalks, Yountville Trolley, flood and drainage projects, and the Town’s Capital Improvement Programamong others.

Measure R only authorizes the Town of Yountville to continue using already collected tax dollars to continue funding these services. Yountville voters have approved a similar measure every time it was placed on the ballot dating back to 1985. (2014, 2010, 2006, 2003, 1999, 1992, 1990, 1988, and 1985) This measure increases the appropriations limit by $3,000,000 and adjusted annually by the increase in TOT revenue generated locally each year for a period of four years commencing with fiscal year 2018/19.

This proposed measure does not increase or raise your taxes.

A YES vote on Measure R allows the Town to continue to use these funds.

A NO vote on Measure R requires the Town to return these funds in accordance with state law.

If this measure is not approved, the Town will lose the ability to use the already approved revenue collected from TOT and sales tax. The State requires your approval to keep these taxes in Yountville otherwise they will be redistributed in accordance with state law. Measure R allows the Town to continue to use these revenues (without increasing local taxes) for services which make a difference in the quality of life for all Yountville residents. Join the Yountville Town Council in their unanimous support of Proposition R by voting YES.

/s/John F. Dunbar Mayor

/s/Marita Dorenbecher Vice-Mayor

/s/Margie Mohler Councilmember

/s/Jeff Durham Councilmember

/s/Kerri Dorman Councilmember

— Napa County Elections Office

Arguments AGAINST

There is no argument against Measure R

— Napa County Elections Office
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